Conviction, typographically speaking

Just found Ronnie Bruce’s wonderful typographical animation of a poem by Taylor Mali over at Meanjin magazine’s Spike blog. As Mali himself says,

I have no idea who he is (and he didn’t ask for permission), but what would you do when the result is so good?

Typography from Ronnie Bruce on Vimeo.

Sometimes the animation is so compelling I suspect it detracts from the poet’s elegantly crafted lines, but I’m glad that the poem – about contemporary speech being awash in uncertainty and the need to speak precisely and with conviction – is reaching new audiences through technology. Certainly that’s the holy grail for all creative artists, and the fervent wish of arts funders.

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